Saudi Arabia executed 184 people in 2019, watchdog says

Mail Online | 1/14/2020 | Anthony Harwood For Mailonline
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Saudi Arabia carried out the highest number of executions for six years in 2019 – including three prisoners who were teenagers when arrested in connection with pro-democracy protests.

New figures show that in total 184 people were put to death, among them a youngster tortured with electricity and beheaded because as a 16-year-old he sent WhatsApp messages about a demonstration.

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Abdulkarim al-Hawaj, 21, and 36 others were executed on a single day in April during a beheading bloodbath for prisoners convicted of 'terrorism' offences.

One was crucified and his body put on display as a warning to others.

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A second youngster was put death after being arrested as a 17-year-old boarding a flight to the US where he was due to begin studies at Western Michigan University.

Campaigners say Mujtaba al-Sweikat was convicted solely on the basis of a confession extracted under torture after he was severely beaten all over his body, including the soles of his feet.

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Another of those killed was teenager Salman Qureish, who was arrested shortly after his 18th birthday accused of crimes he committed as a juvenile.

Sentencing a person to death who is under 18 is banned under international law and executions of the youngsters went ahead despite Saudi Arabia vowing not to put to death anyone who was a juvenile at the time of their offence.

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One of the victims was gay, put to death after confessing to sex with four other men on trial.

Figures show that of the 184 put to death last year, 37 were convicted of 'terrorism' offenses.

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Of these, 24 were from Saudi Arabia's minority Shia community, in particular the city of Awamiya, where Arab Spring protests flared up in 2011.

Court documents showed that al-Sweikat confessed to throwing Molotov cocktails at security forces and running a chat group on his Blackberry phone that helped to organise the demonstrations.

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